OK, that’s probably a cheap shot at a certain lumbering Rangers defenseman, although word is Frankenstein was pretty good on the odd man rush in his day (Just an aside here, I don’t have an explanation for why this particular Frankenstein is carrying a stack of of books, although knowledge IS power).
Anyway, these are hardly encouraging times for Rangers fans, and at least some of it has to with the worrisome state of the team’s defense. Yes, there was also the sorry power play in “last night’s 3-0 debacle”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061019/SPORTS01/610190387/1046/SPORTS, but that’s something that is bound to click over time.
As for some of the defense, I’m not sure any of them are going pick up a couple of steps of foot speed over the course of the season. Maybe Tom Renney had a point when he said the defense’s struggles last night can be attributed to forwards not coming back to help. But slow is slow. That’s not something even the best backchecking in the league can camouflage.
Meanwhile, the coach probably made the right call by giving his team the day off today. The Rangers haven’t had one since the Sunday after the Philadelphia game 12 days earlier, and there’s something to be said for a team recharging its batteries.
Or in Marek Malik’s case, to catch up on some reading….